Solyndra 200 Series Solar Panels Claim Fastest and Easiest Installation
Solyndra 200 Series Solar Panels Offer Low Cost, Tool-free Installation
Solyndra, an American manufacturer of cylindrical photovoltaic (PV) systems for large commercial rooftops, introduced the Solyndra 200 Series solar module this week at the 2010 Solar Power International conference.
“The 200 Series is the ideal solar solution for the large commercial rooftop,” stated Brian Harrison, Solyndra’s president and CEO. “For customers, the simple connection system allows the panels and mounts to snap-together easily and significantly reduces balance-of-system costs. Because the 200 Series requires no tools for installation, it is the fastest and easiest-to-install flat rooftop solar system available.”
Building owners with older or “value engineered” rooftops benefit from the lightweight Solyndra 200 series panels (roof load of 2.8 lbs/ft2) that have no need for penetrations or ballasting, and can be installed significantly faster than flat panels on a typical roof. This dramatically reduces business down-time and labor costs. In addition, since the Solyndra 200 series uses 80% fewer parts per kW than previous systems and eliminates array grounding, it further lowers the balance of system costs.
One of the first Solyndra 200 Series installations in the United States was performed by Panelized Solar. “We were still surprised by how fast and easy the 200 Series was to install,” said Keith Coonce, President of Panelized Solar. “Our installation team was able to finish the 238 kWp installation of more than 1100 panels in just three days.” A video illustrating the installation of Solyndra 200 series solar panels can be viewed on the Solyndra website. In addition, you can see below an installation of the Solyndra 200 series on the Coca-Cola facility in Macon, Georgia.
Solyndra 200 series solar panels have optimized light collection and enhancements that improve their ability to capture direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight across the 360-degree photovoltaic module surface. The wider spacing of the Solyndra 200 series modules and Solyndra design offers a more uniform energy collection throughout the day than traditional flat panels.
Another highlight of the Solyndra 200 series panels is that their cylindrical shape allows them to be placed horizontally and significantly closer together than conventional panels. In addition, panels can be oriented in virtually any direction which offers greater flexibility for rooftop applications. The design of the Solyndra 200 series panels also provides superior wind, soiling and snow performance. By allowing the wind to flow through the modules, Solyndra 200 Series panels require no penetrating mounts in winds up to 130 mph.